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Dividends of Democracy as Misnomer - Here comes, again, May, the month in which political publicists are wont to stage a festival of what they call “dividends of democracy.” In 1999 President Olusegun Obasanjo declared May 29 the “Democracy Day” to mark his inauguration as an elected President at the take-of this dispensation. Since then the month has become a period of stock- taking for those observing the anniversaries of their coming to power. By the way, there was hardly anything symbolic about May 29 other than the fact that General Abdulsalami Abubakar wanted his transition programme to terminate by all means within a year of his coming to power.